Faith, Charity & Unconditional Love, Sara Dawn Mayer

I am honored to be here, representing California.  I am grateful to be among wonderful people such as yourself.  Since my involvement in American Mothers, I have been inspired by the amazing women who do good things.

When I first read the topic, “The legacy I will leave,”   I just chuckled to myself and thought, “I don’t have one of those.”  I am a very down to earth person.  I am not the perfect mom.  I am not the mom who does it all.  In fact, most days I wake up and   “The legacy I will leave”  is deciding which fires in my life I’m going to put out that day without singeing my hair.

I have a 4 yr. old, Hayden, who is brilliant and keeps me on my toes and then some.  And an almost 3yr old, Landon, who is the sweetest thing ever, and yet he does not walk or sit up or roll over or eat, by himself.  You see, he was born with a major heart defect.  After his first heart surgery complications arose that have left him with Cerebral Palsy and legally blind.  He is delayed in all areas.  Just two months ago he underwent his 4th open heart surgery.  Although they are very close in age , they are at the opposite ends of the developmental scales as they can be.

As I thought about it further, I wondered, what legacy could I pass on to them?  What are the things that I can leave them that no one else can?

First and foremost, a legacy that their mother was there at all crossroads.  In today’s society, and definitely in the state of California, a stay home mom is a rarity.  Cost of living is ridiculous, yet we sacrifice things we want now for that which will be of immense benefit in the future.

Second, a legacy of love.  I want my children to remember that their mother loves them, no matter what!  I hope to exemplify the love of our Heavenly Father, who loves them infinitely more and who will help them through any trial.

A Legacy of Charity.  I hope my children will realize, through my example, that serving others brings great joy.

A Legacy of faith.  I want my children remember that their mother was not only active in her faith, but that she believed, loved and lived it!

After having said all of this, I realize that most of the time, I set off to teach my children certain things and then something amazing happens, they teach me so much more about it than I could ever imagine.  I guess I am starting to leave my legacy.

Sara Dawn Mayer was born in Beaver, Utah but grew up in Logandale, Nevada just outside of Las Vegas.  Shortly after graduating from high school, Sara Dawn attended Southern Utah University where she studied nutrition, German, ASL and music and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.  Sara Dawn moved to California where she taught kindergarten for four years and then retired to be a full time mother.  She currently resides in Upland, California with her husband and two sons.  Sara Dawn enjoys playing the piano, organ and guitar along with quilting, cutting hair, learning languages, gardening and anything outdoors.